Sense and Sensibility Lesson Plan

Instructor: Suzanne Rose

Suzanne has taught all levels PK-graduate school and has a PhD in Instructional Systems Design. She currently teachers literacy courses to preservice and inservice teachers.

Through discussion and viewing of the film version of the novel, this lesson plan leads students through an exploration of Jane Austen's 'Sense and Sensibility.' Activities focus on character development and discussion/analysis of the plot.

Learning Objectives

As a result of this lesson, students will

  • summarize Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility
  • discuss characters in the story
  • discuss events in the story
  • create a character map for one of the characters
  • write a comparison of one character from the book and the movie


3 hours (including film)

Curriculum Standards


Analyze multiple interpretations of a story, drama, or poem (e.g., recorded or live production of a play or recorded novel or poetry), evaluating how each version interprets the source text. (Include at least one play by Shakespeare and one play by an American dramatist.)


Demonstrate knowledge of eighteenth-, nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century foundational works of American literature, including how two or more texts from the same period treat similar themes or topics.

Materials Needed

  • Projector or SMART Board to display lesson
  • Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility: Summary & Analysis Quiz (1 copy per student)
  • Film version of Sense and Sensibility (1995) available online
  • Paper, pencils/pens

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